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127 HoURSHHHH1/2 James Franco stars in this dramatization of the story of Aron Ralston, a Utah hiker who found himself literally between a rock and a hard place in 2003. Danny (Slumdog Millionaire) Boyle directs. With Amber Tamblyn and Kate Mara. (93 min, R. Palace)

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BURlESQUEHH1/2 The revival of glamorous bump-and-grind and strategically placed fans gets the big-screen treatment in this musical about a wannabe star (Christina Aguilera) who takes a job at an L.A. burlesque club. With Cher, Stanley Tucci, Kristen Bell and Cam Gigandet. Steve Antin directs. (100 min, PG-13. Bijou, Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Palace, Roxy, Stowe) DUE DAtEHHH1/2 Strange as it may sound, Robert Downey Jr. appears to play the straight man in this comedy, wherein he’s an expectant father whose attempt to get home for the birth is complicated by a chance encounter with weirdo Zach Galifianakis. With Jamie Foxx and Juliette Lewis. Todd (tHE HANgoVER) Phillips directs. (95 min, R. Big Picture, Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Palace, Roxy) FAiR gAmEHHHH After hitting a possible career nadir with Jumper, director Doug Liman bounces back with this political drama based on the memoir of CIA agent Valerie Plame (Naomi Watts), who paid the price when her husband, Joseph Wilson (Sean Penn), pissed off the Bush administration. With Sam Shepard. (108 min, PG-13. Capitol, Palace, Roxy) FAStERHH Ex-con Dwayne Johnson sets off on a deadly mission of vengeance, opposed only by “a veteran cop just days from retirement, and a young egocentric hitman with a flair for the art of killing.” The action’s the only thing that can come faster than those clichés. With Billy Bob Thornton, Tom Berenger and Maggie Grace. George (Notorious) Tillman Jr directs. (98 min, R. Essex, Palace, Paramount, Welden)

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moRNiNg gloRYHH1/2: A young producer (Rachel McAdams) takes a job at a morning fluff — er, news — TV show and finds herself mediating between veteran reporter Harrison Ford and veteran fluff-monger Diane Keaton in this romantic comedy. Roger (Notting Hill) Michell directs. (102 min, PG-13. Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Marquis, Palace) tHE NEXt tHREE DAYSHH1/2 Russell Crowe plays a college professor who risks everything to spring his alleged murderer wife (Elizabeth Banks) from prison in this thriller from writer-director Paul (Crash) Haggis. With Liam Neeson. (122 min, PG-13. Essex, Majestic) NoWHERE BoYHHH1/2 Aaron Johnson plays the teenage John Lennon in this biopic from director Sam Taylor-Wood. With Kristin Scott Thomas and Anne-Marie Duff as his aunt and mom, respectively. (98 min, R. Roxy) SEcREtARiAtHH Diane Lane plays the housewife-turned-horse-breeder who produced the 1973 Triple Crown winner in this fact-based drama. John Malkovich plays the horse’s trainer. Randall Wallace directs. (120 min, PG. Big Picture) tHE SociAl NEtWoRKHHH Director David Fincher and writer Aaron Sorkin retell the story of Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg), the college kid who invented Facebook and became richer than most of us put together. With Justin Timberlake, Andrew Garfield and Rashida Jones. (120 min, PG-13. Big Picture; ends 12/2) tANglEDHHH1/2 The tale of Rapunzel lets down its hair and goes 21st century in this Disney animation about a rakish bandit who finds himself in the clutches of a bored, tower-bound teenager with 70 feet of hair. With the voices of Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi. Nathan Greno and Byron Howard direct. (100 min, PG. Bijou, Capitol [3-D], Essex [3-D], Majestic [3-D], Marquis [3-D], Palace, Stowe, Welden)

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mEgAmiNDHHH Despicable Me was a hit. Will 2010’s second computer-animated sendup of the superhero genre be one, too? In this DreamWorks offering, Will Ferrell voices the angsty supervillain, Brad Pitt is his square-jawed nemesis, and Tina Fey is the love interest. Tom (Madagascar) McGrath directs. (96 min, PG. Bijou, Essex [3-D], Majestic [3-D], Palace, Paramount [3-D], Welden)

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loVE AND otHER DRUgSHHH A commitment-phobic young woman (Anne Hathaway) hooks up with an equally relationship-averse pharmaceutical salesman (Jake Gyllenhaal) in this maybe-andmaybe-not romantic comedy from director Edward (Defiance) Zwick. With Judy Greer and Oliver Platt. (113 min, R. Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Palace, Roxy)

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HARRY pottER AND tHE DEAtHlY HAlloWS: pARt 1HHH It’s that time again. No, not for turkey, but for fighting He-WhoMust-Not-Be-Named (Ralph Fiennes) with quasi-Latin incantations in the company of Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, et al., and if you don’t already know the plot, you’ll never be able to catch up at this point. This installment is not in 3-D, as was originally announced. David Yates, who directed the last two Potters, is back. (147 min, PG-13. Big Picture, Bijou, Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Marquis, Palace, Roxy, Stowe, Welden)

iNSiDE JoBHHHHH Charles Ferguson, who directed the acclaimed Iraq war documentary No End in Sight, takes on the 2008 financial meltdown in his latest exposé. Matt Damon narrates. (120 min, PG-13. Palace, Savoy)

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tHE giRl WHo KicKED tHE HoRNEt’S NEStHHH Hacker sleuth Lisbeth Salander (Noomi Rapace) has her day in court in the third and final installment of the Swedish thriller series based on Stieg Larsson’s bestsellers. Final, that is, until the American remakes start coming. With Michael Nyqvist and Lena Endre. Daniel Alfredson directs. (148 min, R. Roxy)

HoWlHHHH James Franco plays Allen Ginsberg in this biopic focusing on the landmark obscenity trial that revolved around his title poem. Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman (The Celluloid Closet) directed. With Jon Hamm, Mary-Louise Parker and Jeff Daniels. (90 min, NR. Savoy)

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Vermont’s Dance Scene Takes a Big Leap; DJ Craig Celebrates 20 Years; Hipsters Congregate in New Church; Wylie Garcia Addresses…the Dress

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Vermont’s Dance Scene Takes a Big Leap; DJ Craig Celebrates 20 Years; Hipsters Congregate in New Church; Wylie Garcia Addresses…the Dress

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